Chapter 4: An Autobiography of an Idealist

A Letter From an Idealist to the Realists Who Love Her

I like being around you because I admire who you are and what you have built. You help keep me anchored and help me question and reevaluate what I think I believe so I do not become a sheep; even a sheep with the best intentions can be led down a dark or, perhaps worse, meaningless path.

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Chapter 3: The Blank Spaces on the Map

Finding Christian Community as a Traveler

I don’t know if I consciously expected to find pilgrims with backpacks on trains or in late-night discussions in the hostels, but whatever I expected, I was disappointed. I’ve written about my loneliness while traveling, and it took regaining some spiritual community to realize that the loneliness was in some ways spiritual isolation.

Chapter 3: The Blank Spaces on the Map

Small Town Morocco; It Feels Good to Stop Somewhere

I don't think I've ever been to a food establishment where they invite you to share a meal with them, and I was struck by his kindness and hospitality. Far too often, the only interaction I get with local men is heckling from shop owners or attempts at romance from men who see me as an easy European woman, so it was nice to see the more subtle, but wider-spread friendly side of Morocco.

Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

How to Talk to a Foreign Exchange Student; Part II

A while back, I wrote a post on how to talk to a foreign exchange student.  Since then, it's been my most-read post and the most common search engine terms that brings people to my blog are variations of: "how to befriend the foreign exchange student," "how to make the foreign boy/girl like me," and… Continue reading How to Talk to a Foreign Exchange Student; Part II

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Interpersonal Relationships; Lessons Learned in Costa Rica, Part I

There's something about being in a foreign country that exaggerates the good and bad of interpersonal relationships; perhaps we make crazier decisions or maybe we see their impact more clearly in unfamiliar situations.  Whatever it is, I feel I've learned a lot of the type of lessons that can't be taught, only experienced. I have… Continue reading Interpersonal Relationships; Lessons Learned in Costa Rica, Part I

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

Surviving Long Distance Relationships: Best Friend Edition

When anyone says "long distance relationships", it's generally romantic relationships that come to mind.  It's true that distance does make romantic relationships a lot harder, but something that's not acknowledged as frequently is that distance also separates you from your friends and family and you're left alone, hanging on to the dangling ends of the thin… Continue reading Surviving Long Distance Relationships: Best Friend Edition